EU agriculture chief nominee warns of loss of more farms

BRUSSELS — The candidate to become the European Union’s agriculture commissioner says a key goal is promoting the survival of small and family farms.Polish candidate Janusz Wojciechowski says he would put farming at the centre of his policies during a five-year term that starts in November and make family farms a prime driver of progress.During his European Parliament confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Wojciechowski noted a dramatic decline in the number of farms throughout the EU.Wojciechowski said that from 2005 to 2015, the bloc lost 4 million farms and slumped to 11 million.He said that in the time of the three-hour hearing “more than 100 European farmers probably will lose their farm, their job. For many of them it will be tragic.”The Associated Press

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